Friday, July 30, 2010

On wolves, maybe?

Cherio, good people!

I'm over at the Burrow Blog again today where I offer my advice on... Oh, I won't give it away here, of course. You'll have to run over there to find out!


I do have a little something for here too, though. See, I keep getting these awards. I know, what a hazzle, right? Nah, I’m kidding, of course. I LOVE awards, because it makes me feel all blog loved (bloved? Lovged? Blovged?) plus it is a wonderful opportunity for me to discover new blogs. So yay!


I am terrible, terrible at passing them on, though. So I thought that since I planned to write a “head over to the Burrow” post today anyway (makes me sound like the world’s worst blogger – yesterday I didn’t so much post as show you pictures of my coffee mugs… Sheesh!), I might as well take this opportunity to share some blove (after much consideration I think this is the term I’ll coin).

A small clarification is in order, though. Most of these awards come with conditions such as “pass on to 173 bloggers” or “write 52 interesting things about yourself”. While I like rules as a rule (hah), I also like to break them… I will pass these awards on to a few, very deserving bloggers, regardless of rules. It’s just the way I roll…

First of all Clarissa at Listen to the Voices (a blog that offers great tips and clues for writers, by the way) gave me the Supportive Commenter Award. I have lots of supportive commenters, and I cherish them all (and try to reply to them and visit back every now and then), but there is one that practically never misses a post. Thus, I hereby award the Supportive Commenter Award to Yvonne of Welcome To My World Of Poetry. Congratulations!


Secondly, I have been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award from Rosie and Jamie (or The Powdered Toast Man. Hope I didn’t just reveal his superhero identity). I already accepted this one in all its “Reveal Seven Things About Yourself” glory, so this time I’ll stick to passing it on to one awesome blogger: my dear friend Chary at Bronx Tales and Inner Musings. Chary is a member of the Burrow, so we go back way before we became bloggers. However, I am really glad she dived into blogging as well, because her point of view as a writer/mom/wife/daughter/sister/American/New Yorker/Puerto Rican/teacher/[insert many more labels], expressed in drabbles/memoirs/short essays on debate topics/[insert form of writing] always provide food for thought.



Finally, I was much to my surprise awarded another award this week, by Mohamed Mughal. The Trendy Blog Award astonished me because I never think of myself as “trendy” (and frankly, it baffles me that anyone else would think so). But I very much appreciate it. Mohamed is one of those writers that have so many clever thoughts (and ponderings) that I almost am afraid to comment. He is also very down to earth, though, so there really is no need to worry. You should all click “open link in new window/tab” (since I don’t want you to disappear from here before I have said everything I wanted to say…) and go check his blog out.

Anyway, the irony isn’t lost on me that I received this award directly after having read a post from Deb and Barbara at The Middle Ages about how they were annoyed with “Hot/Not” lists made by people who apparently elevate themselves to judges over what is trendy and not. The post triggered a nice debate where the common consensus appeared to be that it is more important to find what you like and your own style than to mindlessly follow trends. I am not criticizing the award or those of you who do like to follow trends – after all, staying tuned with trends can be a great way of exploring new things – but I would like to add an extra element into this award.

To me, trendy isn’t just following what’s “in”, but rather sticking with your own style and voice, and make others see the value of this. After all, that is how trends are made. Thus my final award today goes to a lady who is not afraid of speaking her mind. She definitely has a style of her own, and she proudly displays it. She definitely inspires others to do the same. That is as trendy as it gets to me. Thus, February Grace, you have been given the Trendy Blog Award!



I actually have one more award up my sleeve (what a misleading “finally” it was up there, you might think), but I will hold that one a little bit longer. I might consider following the rules for that one (ish).

Now that I have said everything I wanted to say here, I suggest you go there and see what I really meant to say today. (It might have something to do with the title of this post. But then maybe not.)

27 comments:

Yvonne Osborne said...

Congrats on your awards. It is hard to keep up with these things. I've been sitting on some, one of which requires I reveal 7 things about myself. But does anyone really care? Hmmm, of of course they do! I'll have to check out the Burrow. Good name for a blog.

Cruella Collett said...

Yvonne - yeah, those are the tricky ones. Not only do I have to find some interesting things about myself (which makes me realize I'm about as uninteresting as can be), but I also have to reveal them to the (smallish, but yet) audience of this blog! Sometimes you just don't feel like revealing on a public blog that you're a Russian spy, you know...
(And we're very proud of our Burrow Blog. So yay if you want to visit!)

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Thank you for your visit and comment also the wonderful award, I feel honoured to recieve it and will show it with pride,

Yvonne.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations and off to read your post.

K A B L O O E Y said...

Multiple congrats on all the blove, and thanks for pointing me in some new blog directions. Now I'm gonna burrow...

Deb and Barbara said...

And, Cruella, you have such great style! Plus, IN or OUT notwithstanding, getting an award is definitely HOT.

Cruella Collett said...

Yvonne - you really deserve it. I am in awe because you are such a superwoman visiting all the cool blogs on the block!

Alex - thanks, and thanks :)

Kablooey - yay! 'To burrow' is definitely a term I need to use more :)

Deb and/or Barbara - awww, thank you! I really liked your post the other day, so it only felt appropriate to mention it in this context.

Clarissa Draper said...

Thank you so much for mentioning my blog and congrats on all the awards. I'm off to the other site now.
CD

Georgina Dollface said...

Congratulations on the awards. I'm looking forward to checking out your recommendations. I really liked your comment about trendiness - i touched on something I was thinking about yesterday. I was thinking "Why can't I write like so and so or draw like such and such. Everyone writes aout pop culture and all I write about is my life, blah, blah, blah. But then I said to myself, why do I need to write like everyone else. I just need to write and draw like me. because there is no other me. What's that expression? "Be a first-rate version of yourself rather than an second-rate imitation of someone else." - G

February Grace said...

Aww, you are such a sweetie. Thank you so much, this one is way cool and it means so much more to me than you know because of the reason you gave for giving it to me.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

*squishy hugs* Will put this up soon as I can and display it proudly and thank you beneath!!!


bru

PS Did you see the giraffe picture I put up for you on yesterday's post??? It's down near the bottom... :) :) :) I wish I could still see well enough to make more like him! He was so cute (I'm sure he still is wherever he is, he was a gift LOL) Thank you again!!!

February Grace said...

Aww, you are such a sweetie. Thank you so much, this one is way cool and it means so much more to me than you know because of the reason you gave for giving it to me.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

*squishy hugs* Will put this up soon as I can and display it proudly and thank you beneath!!!


bru

PS Did you see the giraffe picture I put up for you on yesterday's post??? It's down near the bottom... :) :) :) I wish I could still see well enough to make more like him! He was so cute (I'm sure he still is wherever he is, he was a gift LOL) Thank you again!!!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Congratulations on these great awards. And thanks for leaving for signature link at my blog. It's very helpful to have a few comments that demonstrate what I was struggling to explain.

Jemi Fraser said...

Congrats on your awards. :)

It's hard to keep up with them and not hoard them isn't it? :)

Cruella Collett said...

Clarissa - your blog is worth mentioning, so I was happy to do so :)

Georgina - I couldn't agree more. After all, if everyone wrote like someone else, then there would be no originality in the world. And then where would literature be?!?
(I love that saying - I must remember to live by it and not just preach it...)

Bru - you certainly deserve it, and especially for the reasons I mentioned. AND shame on me for missing that post (life happened), but I went over there now and read it. I LOVE that giraffe (and the entire post)!

Patricia - it was great advice, and I will try to remember it more often. It's very handy (and something I've been wondering for a while, but not actually taken the time to look up)

Jemi - SO hard! But I feel like I've done a bit of an effort now. Hopefully I'll get to the last one sometime next week :)

Mr. Stupid said...

Congratulations on your awards. You deserve these. I'll be off to read your post now.
Smiles...

Cassandra Jade said...

Congratulations on the awards. I'll have to follow the link to your post and find out what its all about now.

Stephen Tremp said...

Congrats! on your awards. Okay, on mu way over to the next blog. See you there.

Stephen Tremp

Talli Roland said...

Congrats on the awards! That's fantastic. I am the worst award-hoarded ever - it's beyond bad. I really must get my act together!

Cruella Collett said...

Mr. Stupid - I'm glad you think I deserve them. I often wonder whether people are just handing out awards because they feel they have to (not that I ever would, of course)...

Cassandra - yay! My evil ploy worked! Wohoo!

Stephen - thanks :)

Talli - we're in the same boat, then. It's not even that I don't like handing them out (I do, I do!), but they just keep taking me by surprise...

Chary Johnson said...

Mari,

Thanks for the award. You so made me blush.

As for trendy, I agree with you. You find your own style and show the world exactly who you are. Who knows, you just may set off a trend of your own.

Cruella Collett said...

Chary - it was well deserved. Now focus on getting better and we'll have you back at full speed in blog land in no time :)

Ellie said...

Congrats on all your awards and the new recipients...I love the way you passed the baton!

Cruella Collett said...

Ellie - thanks! I often find it difficult to stick to the award rules, but when I make up my own I really like passing them on :)

Powdered Toast Man said...

Congrats on all the juicy awards. You have totally unmasked my super identity. I have to go hide in a cave for a month while people forget about me.

Jules said...

Congrats on all the awards. Sounds like you have a lot of admirers. Which brings me to my point..thank you for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower. I look forward to our future exchanges...

I just hope this is the right place.

Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

RosieC said...

Congrats on the awards! I definitely think your blog is trendy, btw :)

Cruella Collett said...

PTM - oh, no! I hope you're out of the cave now. After all, the world has become a more superhero friendly place with time...

Jules - thank YOU for stopping by here :) I don't think of my "followers" as admirers so much as friends. The blogosphere is a very friendly place, in my mind :)

Rosie - oh, thanks ;) I'm such a trend setter... :p

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